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Scripting News: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
it would be YES to river for some news sources AND YES to mailbox reader style for the remainder
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march 2019 by rtanglao
Scripting News: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
it would be YES to river for some news sources AND YES to mailbox reader style for the remainder
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march 2019 by sillygwailo
Thread: Adoption, not invention
Note the humility in the distinction between adoption and invention. (Definitely matches my understanding from the standards world -- while much is made of the engineering quality and the concept of invention, what really matters is the most pragmatic thing, does it get used?)
standards  adoption  rss  scriptingnews  davewiner  humility 
january 2013 by npdoty
Scripting News: 15 years of Scripting News
15 years of Scripting News
By Dave Winer on Friday, March 02, 2012 at 9:48 AM.
Sometime in the spring of 1997, the date is subject to discussion, a blog first appeared at www.scripting.com.  
The one you're reading right now, Scripting News. 
You'll find that no other blog has yet claimed 15 years on the planet. Just as five years ago we were first to reach the ten-year milestone. 
It's tough being first because people don't know what to make of it.  
Whether you think the first day was February 1, as Rudolf Ammann does (and he has done the research) or if you think as I do that it's April 1 (maybe because it gives me something non-idiotic to do on one of two blog holidays), the fact is this blog both has been here for a long time and has (the thing I'm most proud of) inspired many others to open their veins on the Internet for all to see!
history  2012  1997  ScriptingNews  blogging  from delicious
march 2012 by Dan_10v11
"Because we don't know how to make a wheel that is still generally useful for legitimate wheel applications but useless to bad guys."
Cory Doctorow's 28C3 talk The Coming War on General Purpose Computation (abstract, transcript) warns that "the coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race." Doctorow treats legislators relatively sympathetically asserting that "information technology confounds [their] heuristics" about whether regulation has unconscionable side effects, comparing regulating computation or networking with regulating the nature of wheels.

A few choice quotes : [18m08] "an appliance is not a stripped-down computer, it is a fully functional computer with spyware on it out of the box"   [19m30] "attempts to make a network that can't be used for copyright infringement always converges with the surveillance measures that we know from repressive governments." .. "In fact, the proponents of SOPA, the Motion Picture Association of America, circulated a memo, citing research that SOPA would probably work, because it uses the same measures as are used in Syria, China, and Uzbekistan, and they argued that these measures are effective in those countries, and so they would work in America, too!"   [20m05] "copyright is just not important to pretty much everyone"   [22m50] "The grievances that arose from unauthorized copying are trivial, when compared to the calls for action that our new computer-embroidered reality will create."   [24m55] "there will be judges in the American South and Mullahs in Iran who will lose their minds over people in their jurisdiction printing out sex toys."   [25m29] "Imagine what will happen the day that Monsanto determines that it's really really important to make sure that computers can't execute programs that cause specialized peripherals to output organisms that eat their lunch."   [26m28] "as we saw in the copyright wars, all attempts at controlling PCs will converge on rootkits; all attempts at controlling the Internet will converge on surveillance and censorship"

I hear Doctorow's book Little Brother contains the unabridged version. Ironically, Belarus criminalized using foreign websites and Spain passed SOPA-like legislation a couple days after his talk.

In the same vein, The Un-Internet by Dave Weiner at Scripting News discusses about tech companies trying to take control away from users, taking Apple to task for leading a new "push to control users" through their App Store.   "Once [Apple] took the power to decide what software could be distributed on their platform, it was inevitable that speech would be restricted too."   Doctorow similarly criticizes the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) which restricts newer PCs to only running signed operating systems, noting that "repressive governments will likely withhold signatures from OSes unless they have covert surveillance operations." 1  And Thom Holwerda concludes that Richard Stallman Was Right All Along.

1 LinuxBIOS/Coreboot coauthor Ronald Minnich says "[the UEFI authors] make no secret of the fact that a 'core value' of EFI is the preservation of intellectual property related to chipset programming and internal architecture." (see also lwn.net and linuxfoundation.org)
28C3  Apple  AppStore  Belarus  C3  CCC  censorship  chaoscommunications  chaoscommunicationscongress  COICA  computation  copyright  Cory  DaveWeiner  Doctorow  freedom  FreeSoftware  FSF  internet  PIPA  RMS  ScriptingNews  SOPA  UEFI  from google
january 2012 by nluken
Scripting News: The Un-Internet
"Every time around the loop, since then, the Internet has served as the antidote to the controls that the tech industry would place on users. Every time, the tech industry has a rationale, with some validity, that wide-open access would be a nightmare. But eventually we overcome their barriers, and another layer comes on. And the upstarts become the installed-base, and they make the same mistakes all over again."
davewiner  scriptingnews  freedom  technology  internet  business 
january 2012 by mindcrash

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